Engineered success

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, this Electrical and Electronic Engineering course offers fast-track progression to Chartered Engineer status. You'll develop a detailed appreciation of the convergence of electronic systems and telecommunications, including local area networks, the internet, mobile phone systems, and optical and wireless communications.

Why Telecommunications Engineering at LSBU?

  • Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE) under license from the Engineering Council, and offer fast track progression to Chartered Engineer status.

  • We have a panel of advisers from the industry to help ensure our course coverage is up-to-date and relevant to employment needs.

  • Many career options: there are few parts of our lives that don't owe at least something to the work of electrical and electronic engineers.

  • You can choose to spend your third year studying with one of our partner institutions.

  • Option to complete your third year in a paid professional work placement.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Sandwich 4 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 4 years September Southwark Campus


This course covers mathematics, design and practice, circuits and signals, Digital Signal Processing (DPS), and microwave communications. Methods of assessment for this course overall: 62% coursework.

Year 1

  • Engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Design and practice
  • Engineering principles
  • Introduction to digital electronics
  • Engineering computing
  • Introduction to electrical and electronic engineering

Year 2

  • Advanced engineering mathematics and modeling
  • Circuits, signals, and systems
  • Analog and digital electronics
  • Engineering software C++
  • Team design project
  • Fundamentals of communication

Year 3

  • Optional placement year

Year 4

  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Analog and digital communication systems
  • Individual project
  • DSP for communications
  • Optical and microwave communications

All modules are assessed by a mix of examinations, assignments, reports, presentations and other formats.


Telecommunications Engineering offers a range of career opportunities in an ever-expanding field, including work within an equipment manufacturer, network infrastructure provider or service provider, research work, or undertaking design and development projects.

Our vocational approach to teaching will improve your employability. Our graduates not only understand the theory but can apply their learning in a practical environment.

You'll attain a competence in investigative work, laboratory practice, as well as working independently or as part of a team.

What to expect from your career

Telecommunications engineers design and install equipment used for transmitting wired phone, cellular, cable and broadband data. They work with complex networks, switching systems and copper or fiber optic cabling.

Engineers provide a range of services and solutions to different modes of information transfer, including radio and satellite communications, wireless telephones, internet and broadband technologies.

Day-to-day duties for telecom engineers can vary depending on their specialization; Engineers can work in research and development (R&D) - creating the products of tomorrow - or they can work on implementing products into client networks. Most work usual office hours, and some travel to increase their customer base.

You'll need strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to problem-solve and think creatively. Engineers typically work for service providers and communications software developers, but opportunities are also available within equipment manufacture and within the public sector.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Our excellent facilities enable you to gain hands-on engineering experience of design, implementation, testing and measuring - and of producing your own products. There are seven fully equipped laboratories that are exclusively for Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering students. You have free access to these labs except when there is a scheduled class in progress. You'll be supervised by experienced and dedicated academic staff and technicians who can assist you with most practical aspects of the curriculum.

Teaching and learning

Our teaching staff has a great amount of experience. Whether they're teaching, carrying out research or involved in consultancy, they have the skills to make a difference to you. You'll learn in a modern, well-equipped environment complete with sophisticated technology.

Approach to learning

You'll learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. Taking on both group and individual projects, we assess your work through a mixture of coursework and exams, with project and laboratory work counting towards your final award. We also teach you the life skills of effective communication, problem-solving, project planning and team working that will set you apart and give you the best chance of getting the job you want after you graduate.

Hands-on engineering

The amount of project-based learning that you'll do on an engineering degree varies from university to university. At LSBU we offer 'design-make-test' projects throughout the degree course rather than concentrating them all on your final year. This means that you'll adapt theoretical principles to solving real-world engineering problems very early on in your university career. This experience of delivering innovation makes you attractive to employers. Innovation is at the very heart of what an engineer does on a day-to-day basis. Engineers look for practical ways of making things better, more efficient, cheaper, safer, stronger, more resilient, quicker, more integrated and more effective. Our engineering courses will teach you first-hand how to develop these crucial skills and traits.

Prepared for modern engineering practice

In reality, most engineers will find themselves working side-by-side in multi-disciplinary project teams. One of the greatest professional assets that you can have is the ability to function well in this team set-up. That's why some of our modules are shared across all our engineering courses. These modules are about understanding the commercial priorities that shape engineering practice and problem-solving. Guest lecturers from world-renowned companies, such as Rolls-Royce, have lectured on these modules.

Personal Tutoring

As an Engineering student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor at least twice a semester. Some meetings will be one-to-one and others will be in small groups. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or in person.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB (including Level 3 Maths) or
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions 21 Merits including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points.
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated September 8, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
3 - 4 
6,935 GBP
Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £6935; International fee: £9843.75
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